What are your top 5 tips for avoiding employee burnout? originally appeared on Quora, the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.
Employee burnout is real and has increased to an even larger extent since early 2020 and the rapid business changes we’ve experienced since then. Here are 5 tips to help decrease burnout as an employee (whether you’re remote or location-based):
1. Set boundaries. Schedule certain hours each day for work and others for different aspects of your life that are important to you. Try not to sway from your scheduled work time unless absolutely necessary. You’ll be more balanced (and less likely to experience burnout) as a result.
2. Take breaks. Taking small breaks throughout the day can do a world of good for your attitude. Getting up from behind the desk can also help you become more productive, give you a chance to stretch, and improve your ability to adapt to stress. Remember that taking regular vacations and occasional days off is a big part of that, too. We all need a break from time to time.
3. Limit meetings. We can get into a bad habit of over-meeting, and that can lead to overwhelm for us. Try to incorporate meeting-free days and solid working blocks into your schedule so that you have plenty of time to get your projects/work done. Additionally, in lieu of meetings, see if you can resolve issues in other ways (quick emails, phone calls, etc.).
4. Find ways to relax. Come up with a go-to method for dealing with your work stress. For example, you can try deep breathing, counting to ten, taking a walk, or getting some exercise if you feel like you’re not at your best. Relaxing is a strong method to combat feelings of overwhelm.
5. Make sure that you are attending to other aspects of your life. Be sure to take time for your personal relationships, family, intellectual and spiritual needs, health and well-being and personal goals. All work and no play make life dull and can lead to early burnout.
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